SHOSHONE -- The Jerome Rest Area off eastbound Interstate 84 will permanently close on
Wednesday, Nov. 14. To provide services to travelers, the Idaho Transportation Department has entered into Interstate Oasis agreements with business facilities at Exit 165, 173 and 182.
With Interstate Oasis partnerships, nearby businesses afford travelers the same conveniences rest areas do - ample parking and use of rest room amenities free of charge. ITD has installed signage along the interstate directing travelers to Interstate Oasis
locations. The Jerome Rest Area will be demolished within the coming months.
“These agreements have been successfully implemented elsewhere in Idaho and we look forward to the new partnerships formed here in District Four with the Garden of Eden, Valley Country Store, and Mr. Gas,” said ITD foreman Carl Horn.
The Interstate Oasis program offers a solution for areas within the state where an ITD-maintained rest area is not feasible. The Jerome Rest Area was built in the 1970s when few businesses existed nearby to provide alternatives, but major repairs would be necessary
to bring the facility up to current standards because of its age.